Ressa resigns as Long Beach State coach
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Long Beach State men’s coach Ryan Ressa has announced his resignation after guiding the 49ers for the past year and a half. Ressa is leaving to pursue a career with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf.
“The decision to leave this team, the Long Beach State community and this profession was a very difficult one,” Ressa said. “I feel great about the future of this golf program and what these young men have in front of them.”
Ressa was in just his second season at Long Beach State after replacing Bill Poutre, who also spent just two years guiding the 49ers. Poutre is now the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Boston College.
Last year, Ressa’s squad finished the season No. 109 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. This fall, the 49ers are No. 77. The 49ers played in three events this fall, sharing first-place honors with Denver at the Bill Cullum Invitational.
“We wish Ryan all the best in his new endeavor and appreciate his accomplishments in such a short period of time,” Long Beach State athletics director Vic Cegles said. “I am confident we will find the leadership to continue the pursuit of national recognition and a top-25 NCAA program.”
Ressa, who had spent the past nine years coaching college golf, said the Long Beach State job is one that should be considered by young coaches.
“It is an attractive job for a young coach in California," Ressa said. "If one wants to focus four years on their golf game, it is one of the best places on the West Coast to do so."
Ressa would not disclose his title with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, but he is expected to be involved with college golf in some capacity.
“I am extremely excited to begin this new venture with the TaylorMade-Adidas Golf company,” he said.
A search for a replacement will begin immediately.
Information from the Long Beach State athletic program was used in this report.